Catherine Kirkpatrick Wins Solo Show at FRONT Art Space NYC

November 9, 2015


© Catherine Kirkpatrick

Still life featured in Catherine Kirkpatrick's solo show at FRONT Art Space.

As part of the PHOTO15 competition, PhotoServe member Catherine Kirkpatrick has won a solo show at the FRONT Art Space in Manhattan from November 6 – 22. The gallery will be exhibiting recent images taken in her Brooklyn studio building, that speak of beauty and decay, and about making art in studio spaces.

Kirkpatrick began doing still life compositions a few years ago in her kitchen as a way to test out a new DSLR camera, shifting to an old industrial warehouse in late 2013 as a way to add darkness to the images. Connected by composition and subject matter to work of the past, these speak of creating art today in post-industrial Brooklyn. There is a contrast and interaction between the beautiful objects used in traditional still life such as porcelain, glass, and shells, and the rough, abandoned space filled with junk, dust, and chipping paint.

While the images examine the ideas of time and change on a micro level with decaying fruit, flowers, and trash, they also address issues affecting the city as whole as entire neighborhoods are set in play by real estate pressures. It is not only the moment of the photograph, and of the small objects and fruit, but of the building, the neighborhood, the borough, the city.

One group deeply affected by real estate forces are the artists. As areas long considered uninhabitable are primed for luxury residences, they are usually the first to go, scrambling to find affordable space where they can work. It is ironic that a city known as one of the great art centers of the world cannot support its own. There are short-term personal problems because of this, but also potential long-term losses in terms of cultural richness.
oServeirkpatrick is also a writer, and recently penned the introductions to Meryl Meisler’s two books: Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick, and Purgatory & Paradise: Sassy 70s Suburbia & the City, highglighted on PhotServe as featured news.

Most of the images are 24×18 inches, printed on a metal substrate in a nod to the post-industrial setting, in editions of 25. The exhibit will run from November 6 – 22, with a reception on November 12, 6 – 8 pm.

Occupying a former gift store (with a larger gallery upstairs), the FRONT Art Space offers a momentary interlude from the hustle and bustle of city life.

FRONT ART Space Located at: 118 Chambers Street, between Church Street and West Broadway, 917-584-3341. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 4 – 7 pm, and by appointment.

See more of Catherine Kirkpatrick’s work at her site.